Catheter-associated UTI

Alternative Names

UTI – catheter associated; Urinary tract infection – catheter associated; Nosocomial UTI; Health care associated UTI; Catheter-associated bacteriuria

Definition of Catheter-associated UTI

Acatheter-associated urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in someone who has a tube (called a catheter) in place to drain urine from the body.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Having a catheter within the urinary tract your chances of an . It may also make it harder to treat the infection.

Signs and tests

The health care provider will perform a physical exam. Urine tests are done to check for infection:


Mild cases of acute may disappear on their own without treatment. However, because of the risk of the infection spreading to the kidneys (complicated UTI), treatment is usually recommended.

Expectations (prognosis)

(bladder infection) associated with catheters is often difficult to treat. Most people who have a catheter in place for any period of time will develop some type of cystitis.


David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. – 6/17/2010

Bladder catheterization, female
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